Posted January 08, 2013 on AP on Fox
San Diego State has matched its second-best start, but the conference season is where it wants to make its mark. The 16th-ranked Aztecs will open their bid for a third consecutive Mountain West regular-season title on Wednesday night when they'll renew their rivalry with host Fresno State, which makes its conference debut. A 72-57 victory over Cal State Bakersfield last Wednesday improved San Diego State to 12-2 for the first time since 1970-71, but the Aztecs left plenty of room for improvement ahead of conference play - they were outscored in the second half and reigning player of the year Jamaal Franklin committed five of their 13 turnovers. The Aztecs were the MWC co-champs with New Mexico last season after sharing the title with Brigham Young in 2011. "Conference play always brings a higher level of energy, especially early," coach Steve Fisher said. "We're going to Fresno State, a new member of the Mountain West. We have played them before in my tenure here. Last time we p...
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